“Dreams have no age limit!”
After becoming a viral sensation when her son, Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, read an email she’d written on his video blog that reached millions of viewers, 80-yearold Peggy Rowe found herself on the adventure of a lifetime. Here, she shares her tips for finding joy, passion and starting anew— at any age!
Television show host Mike Rowe is known around the world for braving unbelievable conditions on his hit Discovery Channel series, Dirty Jobs. But two years ago, he found himself in the stickiest situation of all: on the receiving end of a sassy email from his mother, Peggy Rowe. In fits of laughter, Mike took to his video blog and read Peggy’s email, which hilariously scolded him for not returning her calls, while recounting her hunt through a Walmart parking lot for a purse she’d dubbed “Old Blue.” Fans instantly fell in love with Mike’s warm, outspoken mother, and the video shot to 80 million views, landing Peggy firmly in the spotlight. Since that time, the feisty octogenarian has been adored by millions of fans, garnering more than 85,000 followers on Facebook, where she shares funny tales of everyday life. But making people laugh isn’t her only goal: Peggy also hopes to uplift others by speaking honestly about her biggest struggles. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, I suffered from some depression,” she shares with Woman’s World. Facebook, “After women’s I told my comments story on were so poignant and moving. I realized that by staying positive, we lift each other up and give each other hope!” Now Peggy is working to spread more positivity after fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing a book—and Mike couldn’t be prouder. “At 80, my mom took a deep breath and said, ‘I’m going to write a book.’ And she did!” he says. “It’s never too late to chase your dreams.” Here, Peggy shares how she found joy in embracing life’s unexpected new adventures!